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Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing, 2nd Edition

By Michael P. Nichols

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 5, 2008

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Follow a family therapist’s narrative diary as he documents the process of working with the Salazars, as they explore each stage of their relationship-from courtship through the departure of the children from the home.


This unique casebook provides an in-depth, personal account from the counselor’s perspective, while also looking at the personal viewpoints of family members. Each major stage of the family life is presented in a separate chapter and the book includes discussions of the effects of gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation on individuals and families.

Table of Contents



1    Disturbing the Peace  

“Can You Help Us?”  

Looking for Leverage  

Dialogue: Setting the System in Motion  

It Must Be a Marital Problem  

Linear versus Circular Causality  


2    The Making of a Family Therapist  

Behind the One-Way Mirror  


3    Love’s Young Dream  

“We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”  

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?  

“I Do”  


4    The Progress of Love  

“Why Are You so Mean to Me?”  




How to Succeed as a Couple by Really Trying  


 5   In-Laws  

“Alone at Last”  

Invaders from Another Planet  

Accommodation and Boundary-Making with the In-Laws  

Invisable Loyalties  

Past Tense and Imperfect Future  


 6   The Depressed Young Mother  

The Impossible Job  

The Family Life Cycle  

2 + 1 = 2  

Heather’s Birth  

The Young and the Restless  

Renegotiating Boundaries with Grandparents  


Bitter Fruit  


 7   Why Can’t Jason Behave?

Fix my Child without Disturbing Me  

Family Rules  

Family Structure  

The Strucural Model  

Blueprint for a Healthy Family  

Uncovering the Structure in a Family  

Building Children’s Self-Esteem  


 8   The Overinvolved Mother and Peripheral Father  

The need to Restructure the Family  

Shared Parenting  

The Best of Intentions  

Pursuers and Distancers  

Self-Defeating Cycles  


9    Family Feud  

Sibling Rivalry  



Brotherhood and Sisterhood  


10  Loss of Innocence  

To Tell or Not to Tell, That Is the Question  

All Hell Breaks Loose  

“Why, Why, Why?”  

Moving On  


11  Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepparenting  

Families in Transition  





12  Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Rebellious Teenager  

That Awful, Awkward Age  

“How Worried Should I Be about My Teenager?”  

The Terrible Teens  


13  The Salazars’ Family Therapy  

Shifting Boundaries  

All Together Again, and Out  


14  Letting Go  

“It’s the End of Our Family”  

The Long Good-Bye  

Boomerang Kids  

“Under Certain Conditions”  


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